Monday, April 8, 2019

Hello Everyone,
My name is Yeo, a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Toronto, and I’m the latest student here at MDBriefCase. It is now block 10 of 10, which means that at the end of this block, I will have completed my program in pharmacy school. Within the next two months, I will be making an important decision selecting my path in the pharmacy world but… what do I choose?

Originally, my plan was to explore the pharmaceutical industry. It is difficult to break into the field directly out of pharmacy school so I applied for an Industrial Pharmacy Residency Program at U of T, but unfortunately did not end up successful in receiving an offer. Although I was initially disappointed, the rejections from the program have further motivated to want to work in the pharmaceutical industry. This has lead me to reach out to alumni who have graciously accepted invitations to meet with me and offer me advice. This is still a career that I hope to be able to explore in the near future and will continue to look for opportunities during the time being.

Currently, I am working as a Pharmacy Assistant at a Shoppers Drug Mart with an amazing staff, manager and associate. Returning to this store as a Pharmacist is something that I would love to do once I become a licensed Pharmacist. However, I also had a great summer experience working on health and pharmacy program development at Shoppers Drug Mart head office which I found to be exciting and challenging with a work environment that in my opinion fit my personality better. I was fortunate enough to have a great manager during my internship who I keep in touch with and who has continuously encouraged me to consider continuing to work in corporate pharmacy. So that is something that I would love to explore as well.

Although the uncertainty of the future can be stressful, it is also an exciting time, and like the rest of my classmates and the other students graduating in the class of 2019, the next few months will be an important time in our lives and I look forward to seeing what unfolds.

To finish off, here is some info about myself, which will provide some insight into the person behind the post.

MY BACKGROUND:
I grew up and attended high school in Windsor, Ontario before moving to Toronto to complete my undergrad and PharmD

I LOVE TO READ:
I try to read whenever I get a chance to. A great book that I like to recommend to Pharmacists is “Bad Pharma” by Ben Goldacre. This has really changed my perspective of blindly reading and accepting information presented in textbooks or lecture notes at face value

I’M A BIG ADVOCATE OF PODCASTS:
I believe podcasts are a great source of information, education and entertainment that is underutilized, my favorite podcast is “Serial”, a crime investigational story

EXERCISE IS STILL THE BEST MEDICINE:
During my free time, I try to get my 150 minutes of exercise per week in by playing basketball, floor hockey, and when the weather is nice, tennis and golf

I COLLECT SNEAKERS:
One of my biggest hobbies was collecting sneakers, that has slowed down since I was on a student budget but it’s something that I’m hope to get back into once I start working again šŸ˜Š

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS:
My favorite city in the world is Tokyo, I love how starkly different the culture there is compared to any other city I’ve been to
Pho is my favorite food and my favorite local Pho restaurant is “Pho tien thanh” on Ossington
I love “The Office”, it is the only show that I continue to re-watch, although I have not actually finished the entire series

TALE FROM THE PHARMACY:
My most memorable tale from the pharmacy, is when a newly graduated pharmacist and I were robbed for Adderall on a Friday night and the perpetrator’s getaway vehicle was a bicycle    

That’s all for now, thanks for taking the time to read this and keep an eye out for my posts in the upcoming weeks.

Yeo